The fizz is a classification of mixed drink that is a variation on the Sour family of cocktails. The addition of carbonated water (soda) adds the “fizz”. First mentioned in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s Guide, the fizz has many variations, most having to do with additional ingredients such as egg white, egg yolk or whole egg. For example, the Ramos Gin Fizz, one of the most famous variations, includes not only egg white but cream, sugar, orange flower water and both lemon and lime juices. Charlotte fell in love with the Violet Fizz at the venerable Varnish in Los Angeles. This beautiful cocktail epitomizes all that is wonderful about the Fizz and its numerous variations and is perfect for Spring brunch.
How to make the Violet Fizz
one egg white
1 1/2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
1/4 oz Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup (1:1)
1/4 oz cream
1 oz soda water
Add first six ingredients to your mixing tin. Dry shake to emulsify. Add ice and shake again vigorously to completely incorporate all ingredients. Add soda to a Collins or
Once more the Savoy Cocktail Book is a great source for great drinks. The Washington Cocktail is typical for those new style cocktails created in the late 1800`s, at times when vermouth was widly used in drinks like the manhattan and the martini.